Operating questions about RESPeRATE
How do I change the volume on the device?
To adjust the volume on your device, simply press the UP or DOWN arrow button on the device’s keypad. The volume icon is displayed on the device’s screen, along with the current volume level. Continue pressing the button until you reach your preferred volume. After a few seconds, RESPeRATE automatically returns to the previous display.
How do I change the melody on the device?
To select a melody, simply press the MELODY SELECT button. The melody icon is displayed on the device’s screen, along with the current melody number. Use the UP or DOWN button to scroll between melodies. For your convenience, RESPeRATE remembers your most recent melody choice.
How do I know where to position the sensor and sensor belt?
You should position the sensor belt around either your abdomen or your chest, depending on where your breathing belt is most pronounced. You should adjust the belt to fit snugly while you are in a sitting position and be sure that the sensor belt is neither too tight nor too loose.
How long should the recognition stage take?
The recognition stage should not last longer than two minutes. If it takes longer than two minutes, try repositioning your sensor and relax and breathe normally.
What is the STAT button?
The STAT (statistics) button helps you assess your performance in the prior RESPeRATE sessions. You can examine the data from your last session, your last 7 days and your last 60 days. Please refer to the User Manual for specific details.
How long should it take me to start breathing under ten breaths per minute?
There is no set amount of time to slow your breathing to under ten breaths per minute. It all depends on your body’s own individual needs. Just follow the sound patterns as best you can and the RESPeRATE device will guide you to the slowest breathing rate that is right for you during that session.
What happens if I can’t slow my breathing to follow the device?
Don’t try to force yourself. If you are having trouble following the device’s pace, simply breathe normally. Within one minute, RESPeRATE will automatically readjust itself to your breathing rate and pattern and begin gradually slowing your breathing down again. The readjustment and slowing process will continue until you reach the breathing pattern most comfortable and beneficial for you.
Am I supposed to lengthen my exhalation period when conducting the breathing exercises?
All you have to do is synchronize your breathing to the inhale and exhale tones created by the device. RESPeRATE will automatically prolong your exhalation period in the best way for you. If for some reason you have difficulty following the melody, breathe normally and RESPeRATE will automatically readjust itself to your natural breathing and start the slowing process again.
Whom should I contact for help with my device?
Our Customer Service department is open Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM ET. You can also contact us for help with your device anytime via email.
What if I already start with a breathing rate of less than 10 breaths per minute (BPM)?
Normal respiratory rates reported in healthy adults vary between 12 to 18 breaths per minute. If you are experiencing a lower initial BPM, you may either be holding your breath or taking slower, deeper breaths than you normally would during everyday activities while the device is in its recognition phase. Remember, the key is to breathe effortlessly. Some users find that, in order to allow the RESPeRATE to obtain a true baseline breathing rate in a short time during the recognition phase, a distracting activity such as reading a paragraph from the newspaper can be beneficial. If, in fact, your normal breathing rate is under 10 BPM, RESPeRATE can still prove to be beneficial for your cardiovascular system, as it will coach your breathing to a comfortable rate within the ‘Therapeutic Zone,’ (where the reduction of sympathetic activity occurs), that is right for you.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Care team if you have further questions. Please note, if you feel that RESPeRATE is not for you, you may return the device within 30 days of purchase and we will refund 100% of your purchase price – no questions asked.
How often should I use RESPeRATE?
Your goal for each week should be to achieve 45 minutes of effective exercise time (The number of minutes spent breathing under ten breaths per minute). We recommend using the RESPeRATE for 15 minutes at a time, at least 3-4 times per week. Additional use has been shown to provide additional blood pressure reductions, and there is no danger of using the device too much.
How do I know if I am doing the exercise properly?
When you perform the exercise properly, you can actually see the decrease in your breathing rate displayed on the device’s screen. You can also press the “Current Effective Exercise” button on the top left of the device at any time to check how many “effective minutes” (The number of minutes spent breathing under ten breaths per minute) you have acquired within the session.
The “Effective Exercise Time” is the total amount of time (in minutes) spent breathing in the therapeutic zone of under ten breaths per minute. Please note that the “Effective Exercise Time” also depends on proper positioning of the respiration sensor and will be somewhat less than the actual time spent. If you feel that Effective Exercise Time log is significantly less than the time you spent in breathing under 10 breaths per minute, reposition the sensor.
What is the meaning of the number displayed on the screen when the device is turned on?
When the device is turned on, the number momentarily displayed is the “weekly effective exercise” time. This is the amount of “effective exercise” time that you have accumulated over the past seven days. To effectively lower your blood pressure, your weekly “effective exercise” goal is 45 minutes.
For your convenience, RESPeRATE automatically displays the “weekly effective exercise” time for a brief moment each time you turn on the device. The RESPeRATE will update this number every day by adding the amount of “effective exercise” you logged today and subtract the “effective exercise” you logged 8 days ago.
This number may go down. For example, if you don’t use the device for 7 days the number will be 0. So, make sure you log enough exercise to always keep that number above 45 minutes.
How do I change the duration of the session of the RESPeRATE device?
The default duration for each session is 15 minutes. To change this default time, simply hold down the Exercise Time button (located in the center of the keypad default) until the display blinks. Use the Up or Down buttons on the device to adjust the default time. For more information on changing the settings of the RESPeRATE device, please consult the User Manual.
How long before I will see results?
In our clinical trials, most patients saw results after just three-four weeks of treatment. The full results should appear within 3-4 weeks of treatment.
I measured my blood pressure (BP) immediately following the breathing exercise with RESPeRATE and my BP was somewhat elevated. Is that normal?
It is recommended to measure your blood pressure the next morning and not immediately after the exercise. As with any other physical exercise, a temporary increase in blood pressure is possible after the exercise, especially if you have made an excessive effort during the breathing exercise. (In order to maximize the benefit of RESPeRATE, see “How can I maximize the benefits from using RESPeRATE?”) , If the increase in BP is unusually high or is of concern for you, discontinue using the device and consult a physician.
How can I maximize the benefits from using RESPeRATE?
In order to maximize the benefits from RESPeRATE, it is important that you perform the breathing exercises without making an effort. This means that you should not try to hold your breath or try to overly prolong the periods of inhaling or exhaling beyond what is comfortable for you. If you ever feel that the melody is too slow for you and requires effort to stay in synch with it, simply breathe at the last pace, which was comfortable for you. Within a few breaths, RESPeRATE will automatically readjust the melody to your new breathing rate and pattern and begin again to guide you toward a slower breathing rate.
It is also recommended not to use any other breathing techniques such as breath holding or Buteyko during the exercise as these methods may require concentration and effort.
Note: In the first few sessions, your slowest comfortable breathing rate might be higher then 10 breaths per minute.